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The Pastoral Institute was established in 1974 as a nonprofit, faith-based, non-denominational organization that offers education and counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. Several years of discussion and planning took place between local businessman and philanthropist, William B. Turner, local psychiatrist Dr. George Zubowicz, and counselors Rev. Richard Robertson and Rev. Herschel Allen to create an outpatient facility to treat mind, body, and spirit. Our founders believed the Pastoral Institute would be a refuge of healing, clarity, and inspiration for those who come seeking help with difficult life experiences.

In the early 1980’s, Turner concluded that there was a lack of workplace counseling options for people in the Chattahoochee Valley.  Having had an employee that he feared he would have to fire for performance issues, Mr. Turner learned that relationship problems at home were the cause.  This led the Pastoral Institute in implementing a national trend to create Employee Assistance partnerships with local businesses to offer counseling as a paid or reduced cost benefit.  Today we work with more than 150 local business to provide counseling to employees and their families.   

In 1999 the D.A. and Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center was established to provide counseling to clergy, clergy families, and congregation members.  The Covenant Congregation Program, modeled after the community employee assistance program that allows churches to offer counseling to their members at no or reduced cost.  

The Sarah T. Butler Children’s Center was created in 2010 to expand the services we offer children and adolescents. In order to help families find answers and help for their children and adolescents, we offer psychological testing for children as young as 18 months old for a wide range of psychological conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, social skills group therapy and counseling.    

The Pastoral Institute is accredited by the Samaritan Institute and is part of the Samaritan Network of counseling centers nationwide. 

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